However, with so many different kinds of flagpoles available on the market today — each made with unique materials, and with their own installation mechanisms — it can be challenging to choose the right flagpole for your needs.
It may surprise you to know that there are several factors you should take into account before purchasing a flagpole for your home.
In this article, we’ll take you through the different kinds of in-ground flagpoles and how to pick the right one.
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Choose the Material
In-ground flagpoles are usually made with one of two materials — aluminum, or fiberglass. Aluminum is the more common of the two. It is lightweight and sturdy enough to withstand harsh weather conditions.
Some models, like this heavy-duty flagpole, are manufactured from 6005-T6 military-grade, aircraft aluminum, making them the perfect option for those who live in windy areas.
Fiberglass flagpoles, on the other hand, are not only lightweight but also compact. They’re made to withstand extreme humidity and work best in coastal areas that experience strong sea breezes. But these flagpoles aren’t as sturdy as their aluminum counterparts, especially during severe weather.
Choose the Size
Another aspect to consider when looking at in-ground flagpoles is size. If it’s too small, it might not be visible beyond the driveway; too large and it may end up overwhelming your home.
Most residential in-ground flagpoles are somewhere between 15 and 25 feet, with some of the larger ones going up to 35 feet. Which size you go for depends largely on the size of your home and property.
Choose the Mechanism
Once you’ve figured out the material and size, it’s time to consider the three main types of in-ground flagpoles. Some of them are made to be sturdier than others while some aim to be as compact as possible. Let’s take a look:
- Telescoping: The body of a telescoping flagpole can be folded like a telescope. Some can even fold down to a third of their original size. This feature makes telescoping flagpoles extremely flexible, portable, and easy to maintain.
- Sectional: Similar to a telescoping flagpole, a sectional flagpole is also made up of several parts that can be assembled together before being installed into the ground. Sectional flagpoles are also extremely portable but aren’t as sturdy as the telescoping variety. They work great as long as your home isn’t exposed to heavy winds and if you don’t live by the coast.
- One-piece: The one-piece in-ground flagpole cannot be disassembled or collapsed, so it isn’t very compact. But it is, by far, the strongest among the three. Made to withstand extreme weather conditions, these tapered poles are perfect for outdoor installations.
Now that you know the three main things to consider when looking for an in-ground flagpole, which kind of flagpole are you looking to get and why? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
If you need more assistance installing your flagpole, check out this handy resource. For information on how to properly maintain your flagpole, click here.